So you have a thing for extreme sports, you love taking a risk and throwing yourself into the deep end, and now you’re looking for your next adrenaline filled adventure? Look no further. Here’s 8 of the most extreme places to take a dip across the world that are guaranteed to get your heart rate racing.
Shark Alley, South Africa
Shark Alley, located in South Africa, is notorious for attracting thrill seekers. As the name would suggest, the thin stretch of water between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island is home to an exceptionally large number of Great White Sharks. So put on your wetsuit, and get ready for your first cage dive. But don’t worry it is incredibly safe, and it is only a 2-hour drive from Capetown. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a nature enthusiast this is the experience of a lifetime that you won’t want to miss.
Dudu Blue Lagoon, Dominican Republic
If you’re a water baby at heart, look no further than the stunning blue waters of the Dudu Blue Lagoon. Think crystal blue freshwater pools, rope swings, zip lines, and underwater caves. You’ll be in complete paradise! For the thrill seekers, don’t forget to explore the underwater tunnels, if you’re lucky you could discover other hidden caves. If you’re looking to spend a full day here, check out the restaurant and snack bar in the main lagoon, plus the waterfall on the outskirts of the area.
Samaesan Hole, Thailand
Samasean Hole is not for the faint hearted, it is the deepest dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. At a total depth of 85 metres, sunlight rarely reaches the bottom of the hole meaning it is strictly restricted to full TRIMIX certified divers. However, if you are lucky enough to hold this qualification, it is the ideal place to see breath-taking marine life.
Boiling Lake, Dominica
You may have visited thermal baths before, perhaps in Hungary or Turkey, but the Boiling Lake in Dominica is beyond any other natural spring in the world. Just the name itself should give you an idea of how extreme this swimming location really is. The average temperature of the lake is about 90°C. It is a 3-4 hour hike to reach the Boiling Lake, however if you’re willing to take the plunge expect to experience astonishing views across this volcanic region.
Nemo 33, Belgium
Nemo33 is the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world. Designed by John Beernarts, a Belgium expert diver, the pool’s maximum depth stretches to 113ft. Can you think of a better place to learn to dive? Or take a trip to perfect your diving skills and explore the different underwater caves at this incredible complex. Since the pool is located indoors, you don’t even need to wear a wetsuit. So throw on your diving kit and off you go!
Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls
Devil’s Pool is not for the faint hearted. You can find this natural pool along the edge of Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls stretch across 2km, and you’ll sit right alongside of them watching the 500 million litres of water cascade over the falls every minute. For the fearless ones, leap into the pool and get pushed to the edge of the pool by the full force of the river. Talk about a thrill of a lifetime…
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Get your thrill from heights but also have a taste for luxury? This is the swimming spot for you. The spectacular infinity pool at the 5* Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, may boast one of the best city views on the planet. Whether at sunrise, midday, sunset or during the night, observe the stunning Singapore skyline from 57 levels above at one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
Crocosaurus Cove, Australia
Nicknamed the ‘cave of death’, Crocosaurus Cove lets you get up close and personal with one of the world’s most feared giant reptiles, the iconic 5 metre long, saltwater crocodile. First, you’re suspended in the cage above the crocodile’s enclosure, then you’re lowered into the pen to experience 360 degree views of the crocs, in their home. The giants are fed regularly to ensure regular movement throughout your session. Think cage diving with sharks, but with much larger jaws…
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